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Video Game Review: Under Siege

June 14, 2011 | By Uma Smith | comment on this post
Under Siege
Looks like there’s a party going on at the old village. Invite your friends!

When I discovered that Seed Studios was releasing an exclusive PSN title called Under Siege, I was ecstatic. A memorable action flick starring my favourite actor, Steven Seagal, was being turned in a video game?! However, my dream came to a halt when I learned that Under Siege had no associations with the movie or the actor. Sad panda. Instead, this real-time strategy (RTS) game is set in a medieval fantasy world. It’s still got plenty of action, just no Seagal. The fantasy setting definitely rekindled my interest, but can Seed Studios be forgiven for having such a misleading title?

CONTROLS (4.25/5)

Usually a strategy game like this works great with a keyboard and mouse. Although Under Siege doesn’t allow this, it does give players the option of using the PlayStation Move motion controller. By being able to point and “click,” it almost emulates the PC experience. Smooth movement and very responsive controls help add to the enjoyment.

For those that only have the Dual Shock controller, the button layouts may seem overwhelming at first. However, the tutorial does an effective job in helping players become accustomed to the control scheme. You can even do things like modify the speed of the cursor along with invert the direction for the sticks and adjust their dead zones. Whichever controls you use, rest assured that you’ll be able to play without pausing to think about what the buttons do.

GRAPHICS/SOUND (3.75/5)

With a nice and pretty medieval setting, the graphics for Under Siege look marvelous. However, in order to fully appreciate this wonderful view, I’d recommend playing on a bigger screen. Otherwise, the game can seem quite busy — to the point that it becomes difficult to distinguish between your units and the enemies. While the character models and environments have a great level of detail, the game does suffer some occasional brief pauses during re-spawns.

It’s evident that Seed Studios has paid close attention to the sound effects. Everything from the characters’ voices to the clashing of weapons helps get players immersed in the battle. Although the music may not necessarily leave much of an impression, the option of playing your own custom soundtrack in the background is always a plus.

GAMEPLAY (3.75/5)

Under Siege is set in a medieval world following a small group of heroes, Eirik, Kari and Asgeir, who must fight against a huge invading army. Each mission begins with a few units and some money for you to either acquire new units or upgrade existing ones. Once you have decided on the units, it’s time for battle!

There are about 20 levels offered in the single-player campaign, each of which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. In every enemy encounter, you should keep track of where all your units are located. An effective strategy involves constantly arranging your groups to perform different tasks.

Your units will gain experience and skills throughout the entire campaign, which carries over to subsequent missions. There are different types of units that vary in attributes as well as primary and secondary powers. For instance, not only do archers perform long-range attacks, they also have the ability to heal.

With the exception of the tutorial, the level of difficulty increases pretty quickly. Your opponents’ AI shouldn’t be taken lightly as they seem to have an effective strategy in place, thereby encouraging you to plan out carefully before blindly sending your units for massive attacks.

Since the focus is solely on battle tactics, there is no collecting of resources or building of structures involved. For those who enjoy RTS titles like StarCraft or Red Alert, it seems that Under Siege has cut out a significant aspect of the gameplay. Consequently, it may not have a lasting appeal.

Adding variety to Under Siege’s gameplay is the local (split-screen) and online multiplayer. Players have access to three options: co-op, competitive and download (indicating the possibility of DLC in the future). However, the co-op doesn’t have any maps available, which means at this time it is not accessible. It was definitely a letdown to have this feature only to realize that it isn’t fully functional.

Also included in this game is a full level editor, which allows you to design your own custom maps, set up missions and even create your own cut-scenes. With almost every aspect and detail available to be modified, creative players will have another reason to spend a considerable amount of time on this game.

OVERALL (3.75/5)

Under Siege may not be a slam dunk title, but it does have plenty of qualities that should keep players hooked. Currently listed at US$19.99, it may seem like a hefty price, but if you are one of the many PS3 owners who were recently given a free PlayStation Plus subscription for 30 days, you should definitely take advantage of its discount at US$10!

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78 Responses to “Video Game Review: Under Siege”

  1. Patrick says:

    Under Siege has to be my favorite Steven Segal movie.
    @NismoZ32

  2. Darklurkr23 says:

    “I could go for sundae topped……with crushed nuts” – The Onion Movie
    @Darklurkr23

  3. Andrew says:

    Executive Decision
    @alee67

  4. Bipple says:

    “I’m taking you to the bank…. The blood bank.”
    @brianimdiesel

  5. Anthony says:

    Fire Down Below
    @ant56777newacc

  6. shadownetone says:

    “Marked for death” my favorite Steven Segal movie. email: Fallenangeloflove69@yahoo.com

  7. dragon290513 says:

    “Yeah, I want some blow. Put your hands where I can see ‘em or I’m gonna blow your head off. ”

    @dragon290513

  8. Gram says:

    Probably Under Siege.

    @Gram_Cracker

  9. Jia says:

    Kill Switch

  10. J.J. says:

    Hard to Kill is my fav movie
    @jflux98

  11. Brian says:

    My favorite is Executive Decisions, because he dies in the first few minutes ><
    @Corpekata

  12. teujip says:

    “It doesn’t work if the bad guys kill his mother’s uncle’s friend’s neighbor’s pet dog. You’ve got to make the stakes high.”

    @teujip.

    And thanks for the giveaway ;)

  13. Luis says:

    “Another cold day in Hell.” Under Siege best movie of all time
    @darkabbadon

  14. Rob hestar says:

    Lines,no i have a video of my favorite Steven Seagal Moment (real or not) :P

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1wBcmvcTc8

  15. Sarah says:

    Hard to Kill
    @nitro_spaceship

  16. Dave G says:

    Hard To Kill
    @beerrun77

  17. Jake_Jenova says:

    Hard to Kill, “F*** you and die” movie with a quote from it at that too :)
    Thanks for another awesome giveaway.
    @Jake_Jenova

  18. Brandon Sosa says:

    I have ALL the Steven Sagal movies and Hard to kill Is def my fav one!
    @xiGotMojox

  19. Nicole says:

    STEVEN SEAGAL IS COCKPUNCHER from the ONION MOVIE I love it lol <3<3<3
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEsbY1-9UYg
    @Nikibaby219

  20. mowmow says:

    Who’s hot dog is that, is that yours? from out for justice
    @aznxchunky

  21. arthurfaarter says:

    Above the Law

  22. Mark says:

    Segal: You’re Machete’s girl. I know, cause you’re his type.
    Mendez: What type is that?
    Segal: Dead.

    @mjliangco

  23. Darkpulse says:

    If thats all you got, im just gonna have to kill you.

    Twiiter @pulsecannon123

  24. Feral says:

    favorite film: under siege 2
    quote:”Assumption is the mother of all fuckups”(this quote is fantastic and true indeed!)
    @Ferralele

  25. David Luera says:

    liked him as torrez in machete.
    @dluera82

  26. bluevafe says:

    My favorite Steven Seagal movie is Hard to kill ^^
    @bluevafe

  27. Chronorayven says:

    Fire Down Below
    @Chronorayven

  28. GUYLAIN PELLETIER says:

    It’s Hard to Kill all the way!
    @cwolf222

  29. Garrett says:

    The onion movie where he would punch cacacacocks!
    @garrett0024

  30. Brandon says:

    YOU GUYS THINK YOU’RE ABOVE THE LAW—WELL, YOU AIN’T ABOVE MINE
    @iphonegeek300

  31. John says:

    “Trust your doubt. Always fight for your beliefs. That is the path beyond thought.”
    @elsomw

  32. PokeDude97 says:

    “Who’s hot dog is that, is that yours?”
    @Pokedude97

  33. Jon Meacham says:

    Under Siege FTW!!!!!!!

  34. JimPower64 says:

    “Jordan Tate: So who are you? Are you, you, like, some special forces guy or something?
    Casey Ryback: Nah. I’m just a cook. ”

    @JimPower64

  35. JASON L. says:

    Hard To Kill
    @GreyCrow02

  36. hereon says:

    “Another cold day in Hell.”

    @hereonz

  37. Joey says:

    Not an actual movie quote from him but a personal quote that always makes me laugh.
    “I am hoping that I can be known as a great writer and actor some day, rather than a sex symbol.”

  38. Leon says:

    The Onion Movie

  39. louiedog says:

    “The secret is not to act, but to be.”
    You nailed it, Mr. Seagal.
    @louiedog

  40. Steve k says:

    Hard to kill is my favorite. But under siege is a close second

    @GhostSlayer

  41. rich says:

    Above the Law

    @killerpigg1

  42. Cassy says:

    “I am hoping that I can be known as a great writer and actor some day, rather than a sex symbol.”
    Steven Seagal

    H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S

    @phantoms_heart

  43. Thomas says:

    Under Siege
    @IIIT3III

  44. Chris says:

    Executive Decision (Because he dies almost immediately)

    @ChrisHolland70

  45. blank says:

    Under Siege
    @blankusername32

  46. Gxgear says:

    “Yeah, I want some blow. Put your hands where I can see ‘em or I’m gonna blow your head off.” (Marked for Death)

    @gxgear

  47. BossVersion1 says:

    Under Siege
    @BossVersion1

  48. Bean says:

    Marked for Death. It’s a classic!
    @benzadrine316

  49. Tito Hernandez says:

    Under Siege!!!
    @TitoHernandez1

  50. Under Siege
    @spez911